Peasants Merrymaking on the Shore at Posillipo, Italy

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It is Pasquetta (Easter Monday) in the Neapolitan countryside and crowds gather to celebrate at the sanctuary of the Madonna dell'Arco, on the slopes of Vesuvius. In the foreground a group of girls dance the tarantella, while a musician plays a triccheballacche, a traditional percussive instrument with three hammers. Commissioned by William Hamilton, this painting was originally among the treasures displayed at Palazzo Sessa, one of the four Hamilton’s residences in Naples. Both patron and artist shared a love of Neapolitan customs – in 1773 Fabris had produced a book of prints depicting costumes of Naples, dedicated to Hamilton.

Compton Verney

Compton Verney


Peasants Merrymaking on the Shore at Posillipo, Italy




oil on canvas


H 104.2 x W 157 cm

Accession number

CVCSC : 0284.S

Acquisition method

purchased, 2002

Work type


Inscription description

painted : signed and dated : 1777

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